Data­base of Japan's China files to be es­tab­lished

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The Na­tional Li­brary of China (NLC) has be­gun a project to set up a data­base that will hold re­search un­der­taken by Japan on China since the 19th cen­tury.

The data­base, which will draw on col­lec­tions held by the NLC and other do­mes­tic and over­seas in­sti­tu­tions, will also re­search the Ja­panese in­va­sion pe­riod.

For decades, Japan was en­gaged in de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­search into the Chi­nese econ­omy, pol­i­tics and so­ci­ety, draw­ing data from cham­bers of com­merce, en­ter­prises and con­sulates, ac­cord­ing to the NLC.

As part of the project, pub­li­ca­tion of a set of books fea­tur­ing re­search by the East Asia Com­mon Cul­ture Col­lege, a Ja­panese col­lege set up in Shang­hai in the early 20th cen­tury, which was tasked with some of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions, was an­nounced.

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